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    Which laptop of these two - or can you advise a better?

    Right so a friend of mine is buying a laptop, and after going to Comet and PC World and being offered some terrible deals, I set about looking for her. These are the best two Ive come up with, her budget is £400 but I've suggested going slightly over for these two:

    Acer @ £419.97
    Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz
    4gb ram
    250gb hdd

    amazon.co.uk/Ace…-10

    Or Dell Inspiron Notebook 1545 @ £428 - Its the one advertised on the tele, but I had to ring up to get this quote as its not on the website:

    Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor T6500 (2.1GHz, 800MHz, 2MB)
    4gb RAM
    250gb hard drive

    Both are similar specs. The Acer has N draft wireless (not important but nice for future). They must have a built in webcam if anyone can suggest any more. Both are Vista but I will put XP or 7 on when its ordered - if anyone has comments on what Dell / Acer are like for drivers for other OS's then please let me know!

    Thoughts?

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    whats got the bigger screen?

    Original Poster

    both 15 inchers, not bothered about anything bigger

    Dell All the way.

    Acers after sales support is NOT good. While Dell's isn't what it used to be, it's a LOT better than Acer.

    Getting spares for Acer should things go wrong outside of warranty is a fecking 'mare unless you look on ebay for other faultys. Dell on the other hand, you can get spares no problem from LOADS of suppliers.

    I'd suggest Dell if the specs are identical (And it seems they more or less are):thumbsup:

    Hey mate,
    if you are just comparing these two laptops then go for dell one bcoz the processor is better than the acer one as the processor number is higher and also its clocking speed (t6500 and 2.1 ghz.) but then u have to trade of with the keyboard as acer comes with numeric keypad as well.

    Original Poster

    Yeah the Dell does seem like the better one, yeh noticed processor is slightly faster and not bothered about the numeric keypad, if anything its probably tidier than a fuller keypad.

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    Jim View profile
    More options Mar 29, 11:33 pm

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    From: "Jim"
    Date: Sun, 29 Mar 2009 23:33:26 +0100
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    Subject: Which is faster
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    Trying find a decent buy for a friends laptop purchase, narrowed it down to
    a few but still unsure on mobile cpu's so have made a shortlist given other
    things he needs, hard drive etc and am left with the following cpu choices.

    Intel Core 2 Duo (T5470 - 1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo Santa-Rosa (T7300 - 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo (T5800, 2.0Ghz 800 FSB 2MB L2 cache )
    Intel Core 2 Duo Santa-Rosa (T5750 - 2.0 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB)
    Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6400, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz, cache : 2 MB
    Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5800, 2.1GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2MB Cache
    Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6400 2.13GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800Mhz FSB
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T3400, 2.13GHz
    Intel Pentium Dual-Core, 667Mhz, 1MB, T3400, 2.16Ghz
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750 / 2 GHz
    Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5870 (2.0 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB)


    Can I be so bold as to ask somebody to post them in order of speed and is
    there any real difference in the real world using (4 GB of ram 5400rpm SATA
    harddrive), I think I know there order but don't want to do anything until I
    have ran it past some people who I know will know more then me.


    TIA




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    More options Mar 31, 4:22 pm

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    From: "Tom Lake"
    Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:22:13 -0400
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    Subject: Re: Which is faster
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    > Trying find a decent buy for a friends laptop purchase, narrowed it down to a few
    > but still unsure on mobile cpu's so have made a shortlist given other things he
    > needs, hard drive etc and am left with the following cpu choices.

    > Intel Core 2 Duo (T5470 - 1.6GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB)
    > Intel Core 2 Duo Santa-Rosa (T7300 - 2.0GHz, 800MHz FSB, 4MB)
    > Intel Core 2 Duo (T5800, 2.0Ghz 800 FSB 2MB L2 cache )
    > Intel Core 2 Duo Santa-Rosa (T5750 - 2.0 GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB)
    > Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6400, 2.00 GHz, 800 MHz, cache : 2 MB
    > Intel Core 2 Duo processor T5800, 2.1GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2MB Cache
    > Intel Core 2 Duo processor T6400 2.13GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 800Mhz FSB
    > Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor T3400, 2.13GHz
    > Intel Pentium Dual-Core, 667Mhz, 1MB, T3400, 2.16Ghz
    > Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5750 / 2 GHz
    > Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5870 (2.0 GHz, 2 MB L2 Cache, 800 MHz FSB)



    Core 2 Duo is faster than Dual-Core so eliminate those two.

    Among the others, the fastest clock speed is the fastest CPU since all are
    Core 2 Duo with the same FSB and cache. [

    The T7300 2.00 GHz Core 2 Duo will be the fastest since it has the most cache
    and is only slightly behind the 2.13 GHz T6400 in clock speed. I don't think
    you'll see any difference at all except in benchmarks with this group, though.
    Other factors such as speed and amount of RAM, hard drive speed and graphics
    chip will probably be the ultimate deciding factor.







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    Core 2 Duo is faster than Dual-Core so eliminate those two.

    Among the others, the fastest clock speed is the fastest CPU since all are
    Core 2 Duo with the same FSB and cache.


    The T7300 2.00 GHz Core 2 Duo will be the fastest since it has the most cache
    and is only slightly behind the 2.13 GHz T6400 in clock speed. I don't think
    you'll see any difference at all except in benchmarks with this group, though.
    Other factors such as speed and amount of RAM, hard drive speed and graphics
    chip will probably be the ultimate deciding factor.
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